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[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h2″ accent=”false” class=”fancy”]Mama Hope & Jania Massey[/x_custom_headline][x_line style=”border-top-width: 1px;”][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_image type=”none” src=”https://myersparkpres.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Spotlight-photo-2.png” alt=”” link=”true” href=”” title=”” target=”blank” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text class=”cs-ta-justify”]When resources are scarce or unavailable, and there is nobody around to advocate for you, it is easy to lose hope. Unfortunately, that is the reality for far too many people around the world and right here at home in Charlotte. This week’s dedicated offering is directed toward MAMA HOPE, a non-profit organization that works to complete sustainable, community-based programs that help build and ensure thriving futures for under-served communities around the world. Having served in East Africa and South America since 2011, MAMA HOPE is now extending their partnerships to US-based organizations to implement a new wave of change. Enter CrossRoads Corporation and MAMA HOPE’s first US advocate, Jania Massey.

CrossRoads is an organization that has formed a partnership with the residents of the Grier Heights neighborhood in Charlotte and its numerous stakeholders in the revitalization of the neighborhood. Both Grier Heights residents and CrossRoads share a collective vision for the community to be transformed residentially and economically with the quality of life dramatically improved. This is bonded by a constant focus on doing justice to residents throughout the process.

Having been involved with CrossRoads since March 2016, Jania is no stranger to this kind of work. She has run her own entrepreneurship program called Stiletto Boss University (SBU) for over three years now. “We started at Harding University High School here in Charlotte in 2013 as a teen version of another program I created for women called Women Entrepreneurs 2.0. It was a way to teach women to be entrepreneurial and self-sufficient instead of reliant on others” says Jania. “I wanted to create something that the community could use and they could believe in.”[/cs_text][x_blockquote cite=”Jania Massey, MAMA HOPE US Advocate” type=”center” class=”fancy”] “Often times, we are trapped between our dreams and our reality and I want to close that gap…”[/x_blockquote][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 0px 0px 45px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”2/3″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text class=”cs-ta-justify”]That vision and passion are what led her to seek out the opportunity to partner with MAMA HOPE. “I was first introduced to MAMA HOPE by a friend of mine named Hannah who works with the program,” says Jania. “She had been telling me about how they were looking to advocate in the US, and I was looking to grow my program’s reach. I then met with Rebekah Bowen at CrossRoads and started the application process to join in partnership with them.” Ultimately, Jania was welcomed into a partnership with CrossRoads and selected as the first US advocate for MAMA HOPE. Jania describes the experience as “a life-changing opportunity to impact lives right here in Charlotte and Grier Heights.”

In order to continue support for these girls’ future, Jania has committed to raising $20k for CrossRoads. 100% of the funds raised will go directly into the hands of this community by creating a youth entrepreneurship program. Through the program, students will work collaboratively to build a business from the ground up, selling a line of inspirational products including mugs, pens, and apparel. The goal is to show students they can be successful and self-reliant while making a monetary profit to put back into their community.

“Often times, we are trapped between our dreams and our reality and I want to close that gap using the amazing people in the community who are living the life they deserve – a purpose driven life”, says Jania.  “It is our duty to help the dreamers turn into believers by giving back to the community, showing our youth that they can live the lives they deserve with intention, purpose and love.”[/cs_text][/cs_column][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/3″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_image type=”thumbnail” src=”https://myersparkpres.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Jania-Massey.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_callout title=”Click Below” message=”for more on Jania's story or to donate” type=”center” button_text=”Donate” circle=”false” button_icon=”lightbulb-o” href=”https://www.classy.org/fundraise?fcid=699764″ href_title=”” target=”blank”][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]